Some Orthodox Jewish residents say refusing measles vaccines is a part of their religious belief, but on the streets of Williamsburg there is also strong support for vaccinations and worries that the outbreak might spread.
The county Department of Health is working with the families and healthcare providers to identify locations where the children may have exposed others.
Ironically, it is the very success of vaccines which has led to our complacency to vaccination.
Signed by New York's health commissioner, the emergency declaration mandates that everyone in those zipcodes receive a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, or face a $1,000 penalty.
"As the outbreak continues to grow and even spread to other counties in NY, the mayor has ordered that people who are unvaccinated have 48 hours to get their shots or they will be fined "$1,000 per instance".
A civil rights attorney says opponents are planning a lawsuit this week over New York City's order requiring everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles. Two of the infected children developed pneumonia and had to be hospitalized as a result.More news: CPSC warns against Rock’n Plays for Infants over 3 months
Q: How many United States children are vulnerable?
Thanks to the vaccine, measles was eliminated from this country two decades ago.
As of last Friday, 13 people in New Jersey had been diagnosed with the highly contagious respiratory disease this year; that's in addition to the 33 cases detected between October and January, according to the state Department of Health.
As anti-vaccination movements continue to rise, Coffey explained that the widespread opposition to vaccination is mainly based in false news about side effects.
"I think it's unfortunate in this day and age that people are still that uneducated and fearful when it comes to vaccinations", Jasey said Wednesday. Miriam's daughter doesn't want to vaccinate her children, she said, because she is anxious about the vaccines affecting brain function.
Since October she has been fighting an uphill battle to quell one of the worst USA measles outbreaks in 20 years. Last year's overall total was 372 cases.More news: Dhoni faces flak for on-field argument with umpires
"That is the defining experience which is what it may take to break through with those who are not vaccinating their children", he added.
"It's really scary out there", she said. People can spread measles before they even know they are sick. And that puts anyone with a compromised immune system in danger-including newborn babies who are too young to be vaccinated, pregnant women, and people with cancer or on immunosuppressive therapies because of transplants.
A growing number of vaccine exemptions are being filed at school districts across the state, with the majority of exempting parents in Utah claiming personal reasons over religious or medical reasons.
"There's no question that vaccines are safe, effective and life-saving".
"I join the physicians of our state in urging all parents to immunize their children on time as per the (federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) schedule and not just in times of crisis", the rabbi said.
Numerous parents hosting these parties have received misinformation about the safety of vaccinations, others claim that extreme religious beliefs drive their decision to not vaccinate their children.More news: Here's Why the Russos Lied About the Avengers: Endgame Title
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